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Spurs bound? Tottenham line up £30 million bid for Erik Lamela

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The representatives of Roma forward Erik Lamela will speak with Tottenham today regarding a possible move to White Hart Lane and the English Premier League.

The 21-year-old is widely regarded as one of the best young players in Serie A, and would be seen as a real statement of ambition from Spurs, as he is likely to cost over £30million. The London club are apparently ready to match the Italian side’s asking price to secure the Argentine international’s signature.

The Argentine scored 15 goals and provided 6 assists for Roma last season, and has also attracted interest from Chelsea at points this summer, however, he now looks increasingly likely to becoming Andre Villas-Boas’ latest summer signing.

The Portuguese coach has already spent big this summer on the likes of Roberto Soldado, Paulinho and Etienne Capoue, in a bid to persuade want-away star Gareth Bale to reject a move to Real Madrid and remain in north London.

Jose Lamela, the youngster’s father, and agent Pablo Sebbag are expected to meet former Roma director general Franco Baldini who now works for Spurs. Tottenham, report the Corriere dello Sport, are prepared to offer the 21-year-old a four-year deal worth €4m a campaign.

This transfer could well signal the end of Gareth Bale’s time at Tottenham. Lamela could be lined up as a replacement for the Welshman, should Madrid make a final approach for the 2012/13 PFA Player of the Year.

The former River Plate winger has attracted scouts from all of Europe’s elite clubs, following his form last season. Tottenham’s concern has been whether the asking price is too high for a player that is still developing.

However, Roma need to sell and could be willing to take less up front in a deal structured with add-ons to meet their desired valuation.

Spurs are juggling a list of targets while Real Madrid continue to offer various combinations for Gareth Bale but Lamela has been on their list for a year and they recognise not only his talent but potential sell-on value.

In my opinion, Lamela would be a fantastic coup for Spurs. If AVB can finalize the transfer of the Argentine and Anzhi’s Willian before the window closes, it’s fair to say, Tottenham will have had a very successful few months.

Chris is the founder of The Boot Room. He is a Swindon Town supporter, having lived in Wiltshire for most of his years. His work has also featured on Squawka, Bleacher Report and Eurosport.

Chelsea

Three talking points from Chelsea’s three-goal defeat to Roma

Jake Jackman

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Chelsea fell to a disappointing defeat away to Roma on Tuesday night in the Champions League. There had been a lot of supporters hoping that the Blues would gain a positive result in Italy and move one step closer to qualification, but they failed to do that with a miserable display. They remain in a strong position in the group thanks to Atletico Madrid failing to beat Qarabag for the second time, but they will be disappointed with the result and performance on Tuesday. Here are three talking points from the match:

Antonio Rudiger was a disappointment

The summer signing has shown flashes of his ability during the last few weeks and was starting to establish himself as a first-team regular until this performance. The German international made an awful mistake for the second goal as he let a through ball pass him without any effort to clear it. This allowed Stephan El Shaarawy to pick up the ball unchallenged and score his second of the night. It is difficult to say what the defender was thinking and it will be an error that Antonio Conte won’t forget in a hurry.

Chelsea have a lot of options at centre-back and for that reason, Rudiger will be fearing for his place. Cesar Azpilicueta is arguably the team’s most reliable defender, but he was used at right wing-back today. Meanwhile, Andreas Christensen has a lot of potential and could be afforded another opportunity as a result of the German’s poor performance against Roma. The mistake came at an awful time for the Premier League side as it allowed the hosts to take a two-goal lead into half-time.

Stephan El Shaarawy reminded the world of his talent

The Italian had long been tipped for greatness since breaking through at AC Milan. However, he failed to kick on at the San Siro before a disappointing loan spell with Monaco saw him move back to Italy as he joined Roma. The attacker scored an excellent first goal from distance to give the side an early lead before adding to his tally with a smart finish before half-time. This match-winning display came just days after his winner against Bologna in Serie A.

At the age of 25, there is still time for the Italian international to develop into a great player in Serie A and in European competition. He will be full of confidence after his success during the last few days and seems ready to establish himself in the Roma team. Mo Salah was a big loss to the side during the summer, but they now have a player with enough quality to step up and replace him. The next step will be for the player to show consistency and truly emerge as one of the club’s most important players.

Chelsea miss N’Golo Kante

The midfielder has been a winner since arriving in England, having won back-to-back Premier League titles with Leicester City and Chelsea. It seemed too simplistic to attribute both triumphs to Kante being in the side, but the Foxes’ decline last season and the recent struggles at Stamford Bridge underline the quality of the French international. He has missed the entirety of October and the Blues don’t look the same side without him, as they are conceding too many clear-cut chances and failing to dominate matches.

It is extremely difficult to play with a two-man midfield and to succeed, it needs to have the right blend of individuals. Kante’s relentless energy and ball-winning ability makes him perfect for it, but Chelsea don’t have a like-for-like replacement for him, which is why their results have been poor during his absence. They have conceded 11 goals in six matches without the Frenchman and kept only one clean sheet, which came against a Bournemouth side that showed little attacking intent. The midfielder will return soon, but Conte needs to find a way of playing without the 26-year-old as they are currently reliant on him.

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Liverpool linked with last-ditch swoop for Roma left-back Emerson Palmieri – is he needed at Anfield?

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With a hectic day expected at Anfield already, reports surfacing from Italy overnight have claimed that Liverpool have lined-up a surprise deadline day swoop for Roma’s left-back Emerson Palmieri.

Tutto Mercato Web claim that Jurgen Klopp has submitted an offer around the region of €21million euros (£19.35million) for the promising 23-year-old defender after an impressive year in Italy.

Palmieri suffered a long-term anterior cruciate ligament injury back in May but, despite being side-lined until October at the earliest, it is understood that this hasn’t put Liverpool off making a move.

Would Palmieri add anything to Liverpool?

If there’s one part of Liverpool’s current squad that has been constantly criticised over the past few Premier League seasons, and is arguably in need of some investment, then it is their leaky defence.

Inconsistent is the best way to describe the Liverpool back-line, and despite adding young Andrew Robertson to their squad from Hull City there’s still a lingering feeling that extra personnel is needed.

And in Palmieri there’s the potential to bring in one of the best full-backs in Serie A, with the Brazilian able to rival Juventus star Alex Sandro in the creativity and attacking intent he possesses.

Last season the vast majority of Roma’s attacking play came down the left-hand side, and that’s primarily due to the over-lapping instincts and advanced positioning of Palmieri, and the 23-year-old has shown that he loves nothing more than having the ball at his feet and getting involved in the play.

Consider the fact that he’ll have the likes of Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane playing ahead of him down the left-hand side and it could become a truly potent combination that could push the Reds forward.

Despite being accustomed to more of a wing-back role at Roma, he has the raw potential to be a conventional left-back – as he would be at Anfield – and become a marauding figure down the flank.

There’s work that can be done on his defending, often caught out of position due to his desire to push further up the pitch, but under Klopp there’s no better man to help enhance his development at the back.

Should the speculation of a move be true, and Liverpool do look for a late deal for Palmieri, then their good relationship with Roma following the arrival of Mohamed Salah also could prove to be useful.

 

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It’s fully expected to be an extremely busy day for Jurgen Klopp over on Merseyside, with a number of potential deals in the balance, but a move for Palmieri isn’t likely to be one of those over the day. After Alberto Moreno’s impressive start to the campaign and the arrival of Hull City’s Andrew Robertson already, there’s a feeling that the left-side of defence has sufficient strength in depth.
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Is £40m a fair asking price for Riyad Mahrez from Leicester City amid Roma interest?

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After it was revealed that Leicester City have rejected a £21 million bid for Riyad Mahrez from Italian side Roma, the Daily Mail claim that the Foxes are still holding out for a bid of £40 million in order to persuade them to sell. The news comes after Mahrez requested a move away from the King Power Stadium earlier this summer.

Why is he worth £40 million?

Very few people would argue against the notion that the winger was one of the best players in Europe as Leicester City romped to the Premier League title in 2016. With 17 goals and 11 assists in 37 games, he dominated the top flight with his creativity and exquisite distribution and finishing.

That has also boosted Mahrez’s reputation hugely. One of the few recognisable names of that Leicester side alongside Jamie Vardy and N’Golo Kante, Mahrez will be aware that his value will only remain so high for so long.

At 26 years of age, Mahrez is at the peak of his game and he still has room to develop. Any buying club know that they will be able to buy him with potential to sell him on again in the future and recoup some of the money lost in that initial investment.

Why is £40 million too much to ask for?

Last season was a mediocre one for the Algerian. Only five assists and a disappointing 10 goals in 2016/17 paled into insignificance alongside his displays of Leicester’s victorious 2015/16 campaign.

Whatever the off the field distractions were and, regardless of how the whole side saw their performances dip last season, Craig Shakespeare and co. will be more than aware that, based on last season alone, Mahrez would be worth nowhere near £40 million.

Add in the fact that Mahrez offers virtually no aerial threat, actually being more of a vulnerability at set pieces, and with his lack of work rate often meaning he doesn’t track back to defend, and it’s clear to see why Roma’s opening bid was worth just £20 million.

Is there any chances the Foxes will get the price they want?

It seems possible. Currently, Roma seem to be the only party with a strong interest which will not help their cause. To their favour, Leicester can be confident in the knowledge that the Italian side do have cash to splash after selling Mohamed Salah to Liverpool for over £30 million a few weeks ago.

On the other hand, in sporting director Monchi, Roma possess one of the game’s greatest negotiators. The Spaniard usually prefers to hunt out bargains and may be reluctant to go all out and spend a huge chunk of his budget on one player, even if they are as good as Mahrez.

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